We all want to be smart with our money. By being thrifty and frugal we can figure out ways to stretch a dollar. We need to have the same mindset when making our DraftKings lineups. The smarter we are with our money, the more we can maximize our potential for the week.
Sam Darnold, QB NYJ ($5,300)
Darnold will get the opportunity to play at home against a hapless Indianapolis defense. The rookie has been hit-or-miss all year. With this being a plus matchup for him, there’s a good chance that he could deliver borderline QB1 results for you this week.
What makes him very intriguing is his price point. He has the 24th cheapest salary on DraftKings and he’s the only quarterback in his price range who has a favorable matchup. By taking on his cheap salary this week, you will be able to pay up at other positions which will increase the value of your overall team. As long as he doesn’t bottom out against the Colts, then you should be able to capitalize on his value.
Since he’s a rookie whose play has been off-and-on all season, his ownership percentage should be rather low and will help create some advantages in GPP formats. Due to the volatility in his production, it’s hard to recommend starting him in cash games.
This game has an over/under of 45.0 points and Vegas has the Jets favored by 2.5 points. Anything can happen in this game, it could be a shootout and it also has the potential to be a low-scoring affair. I’m banking on the over on this game and I wouldn’t be surprised if there are more than 50 points scored by both teams. Darnold will have plenty of opportunities to put up points against a soft defense.
David Johnson, RB ARI ($5,900)
It’s not every day you get a stud running back at sub $6,000 on DraftKings. Johnson has the potential to lead all running backs in scoring on any given week. So far this season, the Cardinals’ offense has been hindering Johnson’s fantasy output. Even though there’s a negative stigma currently associated with Johnson’s fantasy stock, he has produced double-digit fantasy points in every week but one.
However, his matchup this week isn’t very encouraging, considering the Vikings are only allowing 19.6 PPR fantasy points per game to running backs. When it comes to ownership rates, the bad matchup plays in our favor. The field is more than likely going to fade Johnson due to him playing against Minnesota’s tough run defense. Johnson will be a solid option in GPP formats. He will be a difference maker if he can reach his potential and produce RB1 numbers.
Bovada currently has the over/under set at 43 points for this game and they have the Vikings favored by 10.5 points. The game is predicted to be moderately low scoring. Johnson should be experiencing a negative game script which should allow him to see some extra work in the passing game. His reception total could increase his fantasy production.
Julio Jones, WR ATL ($7,900)
Since 2011, Jones has seven 100-yard games against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He has yet to score a touchdown this season which means he’s due to hit the end zone. Positive regression will incur sooner than later. The Buccaneers defense is allowing 35 points per game and they have one of the worst secondaries in the league. In other words, this is a prime matchup for Jones.
Even though he’s one of the higher priced receivers this week, his salary is still set at a very palatable price point. You’re not going to get him any cheaper than $7,900, considering he’s usually priced in the $8,000 to $9,000 range. With him being underpriced and playing in a favorable matchup, it’s hard not to target Jones this week. He’s a solid option in cash games because he’s a safe bet to produce WR1 results. You can still use him in GPP formats but be aware that he might have a high ownership rate.
Vegas has the over/under set at 57.5 points and they have the Falcons favored by 3.5 points. This is going to be a high scoring game and the Falcons should have plenty of opportunities to put points on the scoreboard.
David Njoku, TE CLE ($3,800)
Njoku is one of the most athletic tight ends in the league. So far, this season he has seen an 18% target share while receiving 278 air yards through the first five weeks of the season. Baker Mayfield seems to be developing a solid rapport with him. His matchup against the Chargers isn’t perfect, but he could see some opportunities to be productive in this game.
Like most bargain players, we are focusing on Njoku’s price point. At $3,800 you can’t get much cheaper. His price tag alone will provide value for your team because it will allow you to spend more on other players. The tight end position has been very volatile from week to week this season and it’s a smart move to spend down at the position and use your funds elsewhere.
Bovada has the over/under for this game at 44.0 points and the Chargers are favorited by one point. This is going to be a very tight game and the Browns are more than likely going to need to pass the ball to keep up with the Chargers’ offensive attack. San Diego’s defense will more than likely shut down Jarvis Landry which means Mayfield will need to rely on Njoku and other pass catchers to move the ball through the air.